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Xiutla Dancers Cast in Bronze for New Malecon Sculpture

Published Nov 30, 2006, 1:00pm - (Updated Nov 28, 2011, 2:42pm)

A new sculpture called Vallarta Dancers was unveiled at the Malecon this past November 28th. Created by local sculptor Jim Demetro, the sculpture honors Puerto Vallarta's Xiutla folkloric dance troup, directed by Profesor Enrique Barrios Limon. Gustavo González Villaseñor, Mayor of Puerto Vallarta, approved the installation of this sculpture between Los Arcos and the new pedestrian bridge, at Guerrero Street.

Demetro created a memorable piece of two life-size bronze figures: a young woman and man in ornamental Mexican attire. Demetro felt the power of this traditional dance back in 2000 when he first enjoyed the talent of Xiutla dancers performing at the Malecon. A staple of Puerto Vallarta, the Xiutla dance troupe has represented our country through performances all over the world.

Mayor Gustavo Gonzalez Villaseñor, Culture Department Director Manuel Santana, Xiutla Director Enrique Barrios Limon, and artist Jim Demetro all pulled a ribbon to unveil the beautiful new addition to our Malecon. An audience of about 300 enjoyed a lively demonstration by Xiutla dancers after unveiling ceremony. Visit www.jimdemetro.com to have more information about the sculptor.

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